Wednesday, December 2, 2009

What Do You Do When The Power Goes Out?

You get out those nifty clip-on hat lights of course! These were a recent purchase for the boys when they go to the woods with Manly Man. They are proving to be handy as we have lost power. Thankful for the rain though!
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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Skinny Is As Skinny Does

I had an epiphany this week. It really isn't profound or anything but for me it is monumental! As I have struggled to get off the 5 to 7 pounds that I put back on I was confronted with several truths. I like to eat. I like eating sweet things. I like salty things. I feel guilty when I over eat, but not guilty enough to do anything about it the next time around. I don't like how I feel when I stuff myself.
As I chew madly on a piece of gum, I am making a choice. A choice to listen and remember those truths. See, I like how I felt before those 5 to 7 pounds reattached themselves to me. I liked how I looked in my black bikini this summer on the beach. I got there through hard work and smart choices.
If I want to be that girl again, then I have to live and eat like that girl. I have to eat healthy foods, not crap. I have to not over eat. I have to chew a piece of gum since I am not hungry but I really want a piece of cold pizza to "snack on" before and while I cook dinner (which I would still eat, even after eating a piece of pizza).
I will be able to enjoy treats, in small portions, and not every day (much less every meal). But I will do the treats the right way...eating my favorites and really tasting and savoring them.
If I want to be that bikini girl, then I have to live like that bikini girl. After all, skinny is as skinny does.
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Friday, November 27, 2009

I'm Smitten!

Savannah Mae...she grabbed a heart string on her Aunt Tucket's heart yesterday and pulled hard. I love you sweet Savannah Mae!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Isn't She Beautiful!

My niece, Savannah Mae

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

She's Here!

My niece arrived into the world around 2:30 this afternoon. Savannah weighed in at 5 pounds 12 ounces and healthy. Mom and baby are doing great!
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Baby On The Way

My sister in law is having a c section today, about now I believe. We can't wait to me our niece, and finally know her name! Unfortunately, the boys both have colds so I am not sure when I will be able to meet her. But, we are still so excited!!! We love you little one!!!
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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Pssst...$25 Target gift card

Manly Man, my husband is back in the mortgage business! He is having a give away... $25 gift card to Target! Free! Go check out his blog and follow the rules to get your name in the hat!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Savannah Trip

My mom and I took a trip with the boys to Savannah, GA to see my grandfather for his 81st birthday. We had a great visit with him! And, we even got to do a little site seeing. My mom grew up in Savannah and we visited every summer when I was growing up, but we never went very many places.
We went to the Roundhouse Museum. It is a train museum, which the boys loved! I did too! We got to ride on a steam locomotive and even go on the turn table! Way cool! We had a great time wandering around, climbing on trains and even working the pump car. My aunt and cousin were able to join us also! Here is a collage of our pictures from the trip (just click on it to enlarge it). If you ever get a chance to head down there, it is a must see!
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Wednesday, October 7, 2009


To my Manly Man,
I would say yes to marrying you all over again. I love you. Thank you for your love!

Monday, September 28, 2009


Dear Jonathan,

Today, I wasn't the best mom for you. I wasn't even a good mom for you. I did a horrible job.
I didn't show you how to use self-control. But I still yelled at you for not using self-control.
I failed in teaching you about sorting rules in math.
I didn't delight in you.
See, not even a good mom for you today. I am fighting with my pride over it too. I don't want to be the one at fault. I want to blame you for waking up early, or Daddy for waking you up accidentally. I want to blame you for me not being able to go back to sleep at 6:15am. I want to blame everyone. But not me. The truth is that I screw up a lot. And this time, I hear the Spirit telling me that I have screwed this up today. I made the choice to wallow in my misery, my grumpiness, my anger, my frustration. I have made a choice not to get out of the pit that I am in today. I am trying to allow the Lord to soften my heart and change my attitude, but I am winning the battle that I so desperately need to loose.

Jonathan, I love you. I am sorry for not being the mom that God wants me to be for you. I am sorry for not loving you well today. I do love you. More than you will ever know.

Our first trip to the mountains after Jonathan was born. Loved this photo!

Friday, September 25, 2009

It might not be fancy...

We bought our home 4 and a half years ago. It was new. No custom painting. Carpet throughout, including under the table area (!!!!), and not fancy carpet at that. Everything about out house screamed "builder." We were totally OK with that.
Four and a half years later, builder grade carpet doesn't look so pretty.

Four and a half years later, builder beige in flat finish is looking a little, OK a lot, dirty.

Four and a half years later, our home needs a little help. OK, a lot of help. Thankfully nothing too expensive, like a new roof or AC.

We have been tackling some projects around the house, SLOWLY!

A year and a half ago, we painted our kitchen. A year ago, we put knobs on our kitchen cabinets (see, told you it was SLOW!).

Manly Man and I have been wanting to make the boys room special...something fun for them. About three weeks ago, I bought paint and painted their room. We finally finished putting it all together yesterday.

(Frank's extra helmet and old mask)

(Frank's shield, patch, and life saving medals from his time with Greensboro FD, yes something is falling in the shadow box!)

(Model fire trucks the boys got, and their baseball trophies)

We are also cleaning out, decluttering, and try to make our home a little nicer.

We really would love to rip up the carpet and put in hardwoods or laminates, especially with Jonathan's allergies, but that costs too much right now and we just aren't going to do it.

Our home might not be fancy. It might not (OK, definitely won't) win any awards for home designs. The carpet might look tie-dyed. And smushed. But it is our home. It is lived in, a lot. And we live in it well. We homeschool in it, which means more people are in our home more hours a day than if we didn't homeschool. So even though our home isn't all cute...I am learning to accept it for what it truly is...our haven. Our safe place to fall. Our sanctuary.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Need A Laugh?

Thought I would share a couple of funny things this dreary Labor Day morning. My boys are still in bed. Guessing they need their sleep, but we are still having school this morning, apparently a little later than planned!

First, for all you Twilight fans out there, I saw a bumper sticker on a car the other day. Here it is:

This cracked me up for some reason. Perhaps it should really scare me, but since the car was parked, I wasn't too concerned:)

Second, we let the boys watch Star Wars (Episodes 4 - 6) about a week ago and they are totally into it now. To quote Jacob, with light saber in hand..."I'm Obi Two Kenobi." Now I am sure that every kid makes that statement, it just makes sense to them. But when it is your own saying it...hysterical!

Have a great Labor Day!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

A Little Early For This

So my sweet, just turned six year old boy, Jonathan had a great time playing at the park today. I took the boys out to enjoy the upper 70's that are so unseasonable for us. After going to pick a paint color for their room we headed to a favorite park of ours. They boys always do really well finding other kids to play with and today was no exception. As we were leaving, he said "bye" to the little girl that he as playing with. (He called her a princess the whole they were playing too!) He asked her for her phone number! Seriously! I almost peed in my pants! Isn't it too early for this??? I love you Jonathan and you will break some hearts I am sure, but lets not be in such a rush!

Monday, August 31, 2009

A Fresh Start

I've been absent. Been absent from a lot of things it seems. I am making a fresh start today, with lots of things. The biggest of those is school. Jonathan starts first grade at 8am this morning at TWIG (Trusting Wholly In God) Academy. I can't wait for this year....I can honestly say that I have missed teaching him for the past few weeks. Jacob is going to be doing some pre-k stuff: letters, numbers, sounds.

I hope to make a fresh start with blogging also. Manly Man asked me when I was going to blog again...guess now is as good a time as any. I don't really have a good reason as to why I haven't written in a while. I guess I struggle sometimes with feeling like I don't have anything exciting to tell (then again, Jonathan turned six last week and lost his first tooth the week before that and I didn't even get here to mention it!). I also got my nose stuck in some books this summer too. In the last month I have read My Sister's Keeper, The Time Traveller's Wife, Pride and Prejudice, the Twilight Saga (twice...sad huh?), and am starting To Kill A Mockingbird and am in the middle of the Mortal Instruments series. My nose in a book is a new thing for me, but I have really enjoyed it. But it has kept me from here. I don't plan on putting down the books, but trying to find a bit more balance with other things.

A fresh start with the Lord started last Monday. My coffee pot starts brewing at 5:45am and my alarm goes off at 5:55am. Last week, my alarm never woke me up...the Lord woke me up before it went off...EVERY MORNING! But it was a sweet time and I am looking forward to more.

A fresh start at the gym too. I am back at my goal weight, having lost about 20 pounds since the beginning of the year. I wore a new pair of size 6 jeans Friday night while Manly Man played a gig at a coffeehouse. Felt so good! But, I have to get back into the gym, starting tomorrow and get some areas toned and continue working on be healthy.

So fresh starts. Looking forward to it.


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Tomatoes: A Lesson In Math

See this bowl of cherry tomatoes? They were all picked yesterday from our garden. We have two cherry tomato plants, and they can produce! Jonathan came out to help me pick tomatoes. I told him it looked like we had a hundred of them! We came inside and it was time for school to start. We got to math. We have have been working on counting groups of 10 and the left over ones to come up with a number from 20 to 29. We have been doing this for several days! I mean, forever it felt like! Today, I asked him to do it without writing the numbers....I realized that he had no connection before two groups of ten and 4 left over being 24. No connection! I kept at it, trying to explain it different ways. I finally got one way to work (don't remember which one though)! I saw a light bulb come on in his head! It was brilliant! I love watching the light come on! I have seen it a lot since i taught for six years. But, there is nothing like a light bulb coming on in your own child's head! He had it! To test it, we counted the tomatoes. 74 of them. He did it! And, he made 74 cents! SO proud!

Monday, July 13, 2009

We've Been Busy

After recovering from the worst June ever (since having mono right after I graduated from high school....caught from my ex boyfriend....I know!), we went on a little vacation (only 30 minutes from out house) to house and dog sit for my in-laws. It was wonderful, but I don't have many pictures!

We spent some time in the boat, fishing, at the beach, and eating yummy food. The highlight was the 4th of July festival in Southport. We invited some dear friends of ours to come to the parade with us and the kids had a blast! We ate some lunch, checked out the arts and crafts and then went back to the house to rest and cook some supper. We went back into town for the fireworks and they were great! The kids handled them really well...Jonathan really does not like loud noises, but he just covered his ears and did fine. Our friends stayed with us that night and then we all headed back to Wilmington for church. We had a pool party and Jonathan took a jump into the pool from a deck that was about 8 to 10 feet above the pool! He wanted to do it and did great! I have two almost swimmers...they are in lessons again, since we had to bail on the first session because on illness.

We are wrapping up school too. Jacob can write his name all by himself and that is too cool! Jonathan is reading up a storm. He reads everything put in front of him. I pray that he never loses his love of reading. Getting my curriculum order ready. We start the new school year in September and will have 3 weeks of school and a week off for the year. We will have a couple 2 week breaks in there also, around Christmas and Easter and once in the summer. I am getting excited about this year, but I am still trying to figure out a daily schedule so that I can still make it to the gym. Being able to exercise is really important to me. I am setting an example for the kids, taking a break from them, doing something good and healthy for me plus they get time with other kids. And, we are paying for it. School will be Monday to Thursday with Friday being a catch up/ field trip/ play date/ library day.
So there is the last few weeks in a nutshell. I am hoping to get back to regular postings now. I want the boys to have something to look back on one day and be able to see what life was like for us.

Oh, best of all, I am having a niece!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009


We have finally all recovered! Praise the Lord!
I had pneumonia. Jonathan had double pneumonia. Jacob had strep. Manly Man...he went out of town, came back early because we were so sick and then had to nurture us back to health! But, we are finally feeling well!!!! We are spending a little time away from home this week and are really trying to enjoy the time away, because we really need it. We learned on Friday that the bank that took over the bank that owned Manly Man's mortgage office closed them down. That means that he was laid off from his part time job. We are taking the week to pray and seek God for His direction. After all, His plan is so much better than our own!
The boys have been swimming a ton in the last week. They are both making great strides and I am so proud of them! They are also learning how to boogie board! Absolute pure joy of their faces when they ride a wave in...pure joy!
We are hoping to do some boating, fishing, beaching and sleeping while we are away. I need the sleep...last night's sleep was terrible!!! Manly Man snored, so I was headed to the couch when Jacob called for me. He and Jonathan were sharing a bed and they had already woken up fighting about kicking each other in their sleep. I crawled in the double bed and slept like a mummy in the middle of the two! I say slept. I didn't sleep. I tried. I failed. I hate failure. Especially when it comes to sleep! I feel a nap coming soon. But, being that almost the whole month of June was taken off from school, (I'm so mean aren't I...having school in the summer, but when it is 95 with a heat index of 105, I think being inside and learning is much better. We will take time off in the fall when the weather isn't so miserable!), the boys have some learning to do.
What is the worst illness you have had in the middle of the summer?

Friday, June 12, 2009

Jonathan's Update, Again

Thanks for the prayers. Keep them going please! They are not admitting him to the hospital because there are no pockets of fluid in his lungs...we are going to continue to treat him at home and take him back in a week or two to be rechecked.

Jonathan's Update

We are waiting the results from a chest xray for Jonathan...he may be admitted to the hospital based on the results.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Update strep or flu, just virus and watching. Jonathan...two breathing treaments at doc office, adding another antibiotic and albuterol breathing treatments every 4 hours and goingback to doc tomorrrow am...may admit him to hospital tomorrow if no improvement.


Taking Jonathan back to the dr this morning...he can't kick his fever after 4 days of antibiotics. Will update when I can.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

And Now...

Jonathan has walking pneumonia! Lord, heal us please! And quickly!

Friday, June 5, 2009

I'll Be Back...

once I recover from a double ear infection and pneumonia!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Start Your Engines!

Because the gates (aka Jacob's hands) are open!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

A Kind Heart

Whenever Jonathan sees a dandelion, he must stop. It is almost a little compulsive. We were headed into the park on Saturday. Usually the boys run when they get to the grass. They both took off this time and then Jonathan stopped. He bent down and picked this dandelion and gave it to me. Just like he always does. As I sat on the bench and looked at the dandelion that he gave me and told me not to loose, I didn't look at it as "another dandelion." I chose to look at the heart behind it. My boy loves me. And I think, if he could, he would give me every flower he ever saw. One day, a young woman is going to snag my boy up and she will be blessed by him. Until then, I will treasure every flower he gives me. Because for now, I am the only girl for him:)

Friday, May 22, 2009

Kicking Off The Holiday Weekend

Enjoying the beach and the tidal pool!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

What were you doing at 7:45am?

I was playing monster trucks with Jacob. Here they are in the "shed" (aka, the piano bench).

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Cherry Point MCAS Air Show

On Saturday, we went up to Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station. They were having their annual air show, featuring the Canadian Snowbirds (a flight demonstration team). We weren't sure how the boys were going to do, since they don't really like loud noises. We brought some ear plugs and they actually did great! The weather was iffy on our way up to Cherry Point...major rain showers! But the rain held off for us, and we were even blessed with a nice breeze. The boys got to climb on a C-130, an osprey and a refueling plane, just to name a few. Here are a few pictures to enjoy. (I even made it a point to get in the pictures with the boys too!)

We finished our trip with dinner in Morehead City at the Sanitary Fish Market. We were very underwhelmed with the food there...oh well. We had to find out what all the fuss was for. Still not sure. (Sorry about the picture quality...there were taken on my cell phone!)

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Jacob's Well Check Up

Jacob had his well child check up on Monday. 40 pounds and 41 inches tall. Puts him in about the 75% for height and weight, where he has always been. He is a little shorter than Jonathan was at this age, but totally healthy. We had to wait for a while for the doctor to come in, so I was entertaining the boys with "I Spy" and taking silly pictures. He had to get three shots. I had him get them in his arm instead of the leg. So mean right? When we were leaving a nasty thunderstorm came up so we hung out in the lobby and waited for it to pass. Afterwards, I took them to get pizza at a restauarnt in town that does 5 dollar pizzas on Mondays. All in all, not to bad.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Perhaps In An Effort To Compete With McD's...

Starbucks is running a special on their ice coffees, now through June 29th. Get a grande iced coffee with milk for $1.95! You can find the details here. Just so you know, you can ask for it to be sweetened, or not! I had a tall iced coffee last night, without the milk and it cost me $1.90...the grande (16oz) would have been a better buy! Enjoy!

Friday, May 8, 2009

A Word to Moms

Mother's Day wasn't very celebrated in my home growing up. My mom was there. She still is and I love and adore her! She is a great mom! However, we didn't celebrate her except with a card. When she was 8 years old, her mom died. The funeral was the day before Mother's Day. I am sure that you can imagine the loss my mom remembers on Mother's Day.
I have been a mom since 2003. I don't think that I have ever really allowed myself to be celebrated on Mother's Day, for fear of betraying my mom. Last Mother's Day, I realized that it is OK to celebrate it. I am not sure of what our plans are for Sunday. I do know that Manly Man doesn't have to work. Super excited about that! Sometimes I think it would be fun to spend the day being waited on...breakfast in bed and everything. But that won't happen, Manly Man has to be at church too early for that. But that is OK. I will be with him and my boys all day, and maybe even some special friends!
Being a mom is really hard. I was encouraged today when I heard a message that was broadcast on Family Life Today. You can listen to the two part broadcast here.
Enjoy. Be Blessed. Happy Mother's Day!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

A Lucky Mom!

How blessed am I?

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

New Reading Material

Jonathan was looking at the Sunday Comics right before school started today. I let him read the first row of Blondie. He did great! Note to self: read them never know! Thankfully, this one was fine!

A New Blog

I have started a new blog. It is about my weight loss journey. I decided to stop writing about it on my family blog and start a new place to do it. Come check it out!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Jacob's First Day of School

Jacob started school today, officially. I got one of those giant curriculum books and mapped out what to do each day. It isn't anything "major", but it is getting him used to the whole homeschooling thing. Today he worked on coloring things that are red, drawing lines from left to right and writing a big "A". He did really well. My biggest issue is going to be figuring out what makes Jacob tick or learn best or motivates him.

All in all, I was very pleased. Hopefully, the excitement will continue...

Saturday, May 2, 2009

A Good Game

Both the boys are playing Wee Ball this year! They are doing great. They enjoy being out there and running. But most of all, they enjoy their free soda and the occasional popcorn!

Thursday, April 30, 2009

In An Effort To NOT Take Myself So Seriously...

I have this for comic relief! I was trying to clean off my counter tops in my kitchen and put away a HUGE glass cutting board. I knocked over a just opened container of Nesquik! I MUST LAUGH, or I might cry!

How We've Been Spending Our Time

Park Picture

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Enjoying a day with my boys...even if Jacob fell on his head at the park. No worries...he is tough!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

April Break

We have been on break from school, and apparently blogging too, for the month of April. It has been a busy month!
My nephew came to stay for 6 days while his parents when to London. What a blast that was! We loved every minute of having him here! I think he enjoyed himself too!
Jacob turned 4 in the middle of the month, and the horrible mom that I am (just kidding) didn't even mention it here! We had a joint birthday party with his best bud who was born 10 days before Jacob. I made a Spiderman cake and it was yummy!!!
My mom came over Easter weekend and we stained a TV hutch that we have had, unfinished, for almost 5 years. Mom was a huge help and the weather was perfect!
Manly Man has been extremely busy and we are grabbing every minute of family time that we can. That included a trip to the beach for some fun!
The boys and I went to Georgia for a family reunion. It was wonderful to see some of my mom's family that I don't get to see very often.
I am looking forward to getting back to a routine with school. My life seems more structured then and I function a LOT better. My house is a wreck! Jacob will be starting to "do school" everyday too, and he can't wait! I am setting up some goals for the boys to accomplish over the next three months. Perhaps I will share them here...I may need some advice.
I am also excited that I can post entries to the blog from my phone. Sorry for the cheesy test post Tracey and Anne! I am still working on posting with a picture. Anyone done that yet?

For now...blessings! Write more soon!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Test...posted from phone

Friday, April 3, 2009

Have You Seen This?

I saw this yesterday for the first time and had to share!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

13, 9, 19 and 8

Those numbers look crazy right? Allow me to explain...

Pounds lost since being back at Weight Watchers...13.

Pounds to loose to reach my "official" goal at WW...9.

Pounds to loose to reach my person, ultimate goal...19.

New jeans size...8.

The physical and mental feeling I have...Priceless!

I think the thing that I am most excited about it that I am not eating crazy diet foods and stuff. I am eating normal things...things I can live with. I only made a one switch that I can think of...2% cheddar cheese instead of full fat cheese.

I did make the choice not to buy chips, candy or sweets until I reach my goal. They are just too much of a temptation for me. By making that choice, I am breaking my addiction to them. I don't crave them very much anymore since I haven't had them for over two weeks. People who have an alcohol addiction don't get to just have one drink. When I realized what my trigger foods were and after a very firm, swift kick in hiney by my dear friend Anne (with pointy shoes on and everything!) I realized that I had to not allow myself to have them for a while. Perhaps I will be able to have them in the house...maybe not. We will just have to see...

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Great Easter Activity

A few years ago I heard some people on a radio program (can't remember which) talking about Resurrection Eggs and I was intrigued. I checked them out and bought a set of them I haven't done a good job of using them, because I forget until a few days before Easter. This year, it is on my calendar and I will start them on April 1. They are a great tool to teach your children about Jesus's life, death and resurrection. Just wanted to share! You can check them out here.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Thursday, March 12, 2009

My Charmer

The other day at the table Jonathan said...

"Jacob's big shot. I'm bigger shot. Daddy is biggest shot. Mommy, you are the cutest shot!"

I think I have my hands full!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Jacob's Hospital Stay and What I Learned

I have finally caught up on sleep, am feeling fairly normal, and have had a chance to process the happenings of the stomach bug in our home and the havoc that it wreaked. I am going to share our experience here and a couple of lessons that I learned in the process. Be warned that this is a long post!
If you read this post, then you know that the stomach bug started on Wednesday with Jonathan, spread to me on Thursday around noon, and hit Jacob on Thursday evening. By Friday morning he was starting to keep fluids down. He didn’t have an appetite, but I wasn’t concerned about that…I still didn’t have one, neither did Jonathan. Jacob did well on Friday. Friday night was good, and then Saturday, he woke up happy and feeling fairly well. We decided to take the boys to a birthday party of a friend of theirs and they were so excited! The boys did not eat at the party, not even cake! Wasn’t concerned. They had a bottle of Gatorade and we were good to go. Manly Man got them a little ice cream that afternoon, but they barely ate any. Still, not worried. They went to bed great, slept great.
Sunday morning, Jacob calls me from the bathroom and I run in there just in time for him to throw up again. Manly Man is off to work and I just try to make the best of things. I called the doctor and, since he didn’t have a fever and had stopped throwing up, and was keeping fluids down, I didn’t take him to the doctor. That afternoon he slept for about 3 hours. It was kind of hard to wake him up actually. When he did get up he looked pretty lethargic and I got worried, but pushed the fluids again. At 11pm, he threw up again and then two more times. I knew he was going to go to the hospital on Monday. I really believe the Lord prepped me for that one, and I was so thankful for it. He didn’t sleep soundly that night, nor did I.
When Manly Man got home, he took him to the walk-in clinic at the peds office. It was packed! The nurses even came out and asked that anyone that didn’t have a major concern should come back or call and make an appointment because it was going to be a long wait. Manly Man stayed with a limp, sleepy Jacob in his arms. He got there at 8:20am and didn’t get called back until 10:30am. Then it was another 30 minutes before the dr got in there. I was at home, trying to get some laundry done, spend time with Jonathan and rest, because I knew what was coming. At the doctor’s office, they checked Jacob’s blood sugar and it was down to 45. Normal is 60 to 120 and, if it had gone much lower, he could have had a seizure! Manly Man called and told me they were probably going to admit him so I called my mom in Charlotte, and jumped in the shower. Manly Man called back and said they were admitting him. I called him mom while shaving my legs in the shower and told her and asked her to come to take care of Jonathan. I called my mom back and told her I didn’t need her, but I wanted her. She left work within 30 minutes and got on the road. I explained to Jonathan what was happening and that I wanted to be with him, but that Jacob needed me and he said it was ok. My mil got here and I left and headed to the children’s hospital.
When I walked in Jacob’s room, I was prepared to see him looking so small in that bed and he did. Last year and very dear friend’s son was put in the hospital for dehydration from rotavirus and I had gone to see them. I was so thankful that I knew what to expect. He was sipping a little bit of juice, in hospital pjs, lying in the bed, looking so frail. He was barely awake and I climbed in the bed with him to snuggle. I didn’t want to be any where else. They had put some numbing cream on the back of both hands to numb the IV sight. They let it stay there, taped on, for an hour and then do the IV. It didn’t work for Jacob. Poor thing. But they got his IV in and splinted his arm so that he wouldn’t bend his wrist and mess up the IV. He cried, but was so brave! They drew some blood and his blood sugar was back up to 65, thankfully! They started pushing fluids in him…they push them hard and fast to shock the cells for the first hour and then slow down the drip. He slept some and then started to perk up a little. Manly Man went home to relieve his mom and bring Jonathan back up to the hospital. I stayed with him and when they got back; my mom had just gotten there too. His color started coming back after about 3 or 4 hours of the IV fluids. We had many friends stop by with snacks, toys and books for us. Many others called to check on us. I felt so blessed and so loved! Jacob slept really hard that night. The nurses came in every hour to check his IV and vitals and that was exhausting for my mom and me. They even checked his blood sugar and he slept through it! It was up to 125 by about 9:30pm. So very excited about that! The doctor came in and told me that the plan for Tuesday would be to push fluids orally and see how he did. Here, the Lord prepped me again that he wouldn’t be going home on Tuesday. Don’t ask me how I knew, it was just the Lord.

(These pictures are about 3 or 4 hours after they started his IV fluids on Monday. Notice the splint? That was Jacob's favorite part...he even brought it home!)

So Tuesday morning he woke up and was full of spunk and energy. They disconnected the IV fluids, leaving in the hep lock, and he was able to eat some cheerios, drink some sierra mist, and go play in the coolest play therapy room ever! He played really hard and was so happy to be out of the bed! Manly Man brought Jonathan back to the hospital and they had such fun playing together. After about 30 to 45 minutes, we went back down to the room and Jacob wanted to lay on the pull out couch. He was looking a little pale and tired and a little bit later, he threw up again! The doctor was in the room for that one and it bought him another night in the hospital. They hooked him back up to the IV fluids.
(This is in the play room Tuesday morning, right before he got sick again.)

My mom took Jonathan home and I went home for a few hours to spend some time with Jonathan. I could tell that he was being affected by all of this. It was so hard to leave Jacob there, even though Manly Man was with him. It broke my heart! I had fun with Jonathan though….we played a game and watched a little TV and snuggled some. I was so empty and exhausted! Mom and I went back to the hospital with Jonathan and Manly Man brought him home for the night.
The second night in the hospital was a little quieter. The nurse didn’t come in as often, per our request, and she charted his info on the computer outside instead of inside his room where the monitor would glow for what seemed like forever. They stopped his IV fluids at 6am. He ate a little for breakfast and we pushed the fluids. He played, but not as hard, on Wednesday and they discharged us from the hospital about 3pm that afternoon. The boy walked out of the hospital! He didn’t walk at all on Monday, we carried him every where because he was so weak.
(Right after he found out he was going to go home!)

What I learned through all this is...
1. Don’t force them to eat…their appetite will return and they know their bodies better than we do.
2. Do make them drink and monitor their fluids for a few days after the bug; Jacob weighs about 37 pounds and he needs about 45 ounces of fluids a day! Shocking!
3. When your blood sugar drops, it can cause nausea and vomiting…your get caught in a vicious cycle
4. When friends offer to bring something to you, accept it or ask for it…granola and fruit are good options
5. Chap Stick is a must in a hospital…the air is so dry!
6. Slip on shoes like crocs or Birkenstock are great because you can climb in the bed with your child and slip your shoes off very easily and put them back on easily when you need to get up (read: no germies on the bed)
7. Get out of the room and get some sunlight on your face if at all possible…it makes a huge difference!
So, there your have it. If you made it this far, thanks for taking a few minutes. And thank you for your prayers as we went through this.

And as s side February, I have every intention of finding a cave to hibernate in with my family for the whole month! Remember what last February was like?

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


grrrrr....blogger just messed me up! home with all my boys! will post when i can think straight.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

jacob update

jacob will be at the hospital again tonight. he threw up just after noon today and so they want to keep him overnight on an iv again. they will unhook the iv at 7am tomorrow and see how he does. keep praying please.

Monday, February 23, 2009


Jacob is being admitted to the hospital right now and I will be up there soon. His blood sugar is really low because of the stomach bug...getting twice I guess. Please pray.

Weekly Review, AKA Puke Fest '09


OK, with that being said, here we go.

Monday...I went to the gym and had a great cardio workout! Jonathan had school and read the word "strength" all by himself!

Tuesday...weigh in day (up 0.4 pounds)...had a major battle with myself and was pretty upset, but picked myself up and decided to not worry too much.

Wednesday...Jonathan woke up after puking in his bed, 30 minutes later our bed (note to anyone who cares...when your child is throwing up, put a blanket on the couch and don't put them in your bed!!!). He continued to throw up for the next several hours. We gave fluids and crackers the way we were supposed to and then, in hindsight, let him have a little to much control of the fluids and he ended up throwing up at 6:30pm. We assumed he was fine and off to bed he went an hour later. He puked at 10:30 in his bed, the top bunk, and it ran down onto Jacob's head! Yes...GROSS!!! They both went to the bath and Jacob into our bed, Jonathan and I to the couch.

Thursday...after a very restless night of sleep for me, Manly Man called his mom to come stay with the boys so I could sleep a little. I took a nap and woke up and had round one of diarrhea. "Hmmmm" I thought. Didn't eat much, ran to get new pillows since I didn't want to wash any more laundry (8 loads of bed linens in one day will do that to you) and came back and took another nap. Then my diarrhea continued and the throwing up began! I mean are you for real!!! My throwing up only last a couple of hours...guessing because it was coming out of both ends! My mil was able to stay until Manly Man was able to leave work and come home at 7pm. gets better! At 10:30pm we are woken up to Jacob guessed it didn't you? Yep, he puked in his bed! What do you expect when you are thrown up on in your sleep! Manly Man stayed up with him all night so I could sleep.

Friday...Jacob finally stopped puking at 6:30am and we started fluids at 8am. He handled them great and the day turned out to be really lazy, but vomit free!

Saturday...since the boys were not throwing up and had enough energy, we took them to a birthday party for a friend of theirs. The didn't eat a thing! Then they went to the train museum and Manly Man took them for a little ice cream. That night, Jonathan had a little diarrhea, but not too much.

Sunday...Jacob cries for me from the bathroom at 6:30am because he has thrown up! Seriously? I couldn't believe it! He threw up 2 more times and then we got fluids started. I was nervous for a little while because he was complaining of his neck hurting...big time meningitis symptom. I talked to the doctor on call and we figured out it could be a recurrence of the stomach flu or strep, but since there was no fever, probably not strep. I decided not to take him to the doctor, and he did well with his fluids, until late in the night...but that is a new week! But seriously, Manly Man took him to the doctor and we are currently (as of 10:30am Monday) waiting to hear if they want to admit him for dehydration or anything like that. Please pray.

All and all, a pretty gross week at our house.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Help Needed, From Moms Of Boys

Ever walk past the kids' bathroom and take a sniff? Notice that distinct aroma? That one that makes you think you boys' just peed on the counter, the floor and the wall? The smell of urine is NASTY! And I could smell it in our living room the other day! I even looked on the couch, just to be sure! (No pee there, thankfully!)
Any moms of boys, or just moms, have advice on getting the boys aim better? My boys can both aim, they just get lazy or turn their heads because they hear something, or who knows. I don't really want to have to mess with the whole "pee on the cheerio" thing. Something about keeping cheerios in the bathroom just doesn't sound good. Knowing my boys, they would eat them while peeing! They really aren't quite big enough to clean it up yet either!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Dessert Please!

We here have a sweet tooth. We, this time, really means all four of us. I was reading an article in Family Circle that had a great idea about kids and dessert that I wanted to pass on to you. One doctor allows her children to have dessert ONLY if they have had 3 servings of fruits and/or veggies during the day. BRILLIANT!
Do your kids get dessert and are there conditions attached?

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

View Finders...The New CD?

The boys have always gone to sleep with a fan for white noise and a little music to keep them company. We started Jonathan on some Chris Rice 5 and a half years ago! Sometime ago, the cd player stopped playing. It wouldn't open, change cds or anything! We finally took it out of there room and it found itself parked in our room, under the tv, gathering dust...a lot of dust! We figured since it was Manly Man's cd player from college it was dead, but we wanted to get our cds out.

Well, today was the day! While I was teaching math to Jonathan, Manly Man asked me to see something, when I had a chance. I went and saw what the culprit was. A view finder card thingy! Apparently, Jacob (I assume...that would be a Jacob kind of thing to do) stuck it into the cd player...perhaps thinking it would play? Jacob, at least it is round like a cd...
And Holly, thanks for the encouraging are too sweet! I miss and love you too!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Weekly Review

I have been struggling with what to write. Who out there in blog land hasn't? I keep thinking that I need to do what my friend Ainsley does...short fun posts. She is so good at them! For some reason I feel a pressure to have fun things to say, great photos to post, and other self-inflicted standards! I have even told myself that if I had a phone that I could blog from, that would help! How crazy am I???

I am going to try to post each Monday with a "weekly review" to show what we have been up to that week. Maybe I will post more often than that...who knows! I hope to, but I have to get rid of the pressure I put on myself.

Without further delay...

Monday...getting over colds, so no yoga for me!

Tuesday...weigh in day, lost .2 pounds

Wednesday...Manly Man home ALL day, we played in the park....a blast!

Thursday...God answered my prayer for giving me what I needed to care for the babies at Bible study in the morning with three sleeping babies...He amazed me that He knows what I need, even when I don't! Jonathan read a story that had 14 sentences! Not three word sentences either! My three boys each got me one rose for Valentine's...too sweet!

Friday...the kids had a Valentines party at our house and it was a great time! 8 kids, 3 babies, 5 big blessing! I got the Biggest Loser Weight Loss Yoga DVD and did it this morning was WONDERFUL!

Saturday...the day of love, Manly Man at the fire station for the second half of a double shift; a little sore from Friday's yoga...but a good sore! in the morning, great sermon at church and dinner with some great and fun friends!

Friday, January 30, 2009

An Exciting Day!

So Jonathan and Jacob have been playing road runner and coyote for a few days, chasing each other around the house. Today's episode ended up with Jonathan getting a busted lip, courtesy of Jacob. Jacob didn't mean to do it, he was just trying to get up.

Well, that busted lip has also brought along our FIRST LOOSE TOOTH!!! I am so terrified! I know, that sounds crazy. But my dad pulled our teeth when they were loose. Pulled! Pain! I get chills when I think about it. I just want Manly Man to get home before it starts gushing blood!

Have any tooth stories you want to share?